Pastor Douglas Wilson observes something which all libertarians have thought if not screamed.
Gary Johnson “plainly does not understand how libertarianism works.”
Unfortunately, Wilson doesn’t fully understand it, either (bold emphasis added)
There is much to admire in principled libertarianism, particularly in the forms represented by Judge Napolitano or Rand Paul. But its perennial danger, and the one to which it has now succumbed, is the danger of turning libertarianism into libertinism, where the principles of economic liberty and free association go up in a haze of pot smoke. The current Libertarian ticket of Johnson/Weld is a statist joke. Johnson wants the state to have authority over conscience in the market place, religious liberty be damned, supports continued funding for Planned Parenthood, and Weld endorsed Obama and supported an assault weapons ban.
In short, were Johnson and Weld to make their way to positions of authority, we would only find out what impact THC might have on policy prescriptions.
I am not a libertarian, but I am more of one than the current Libertarian ticket.
Principled libertarianism doesn’t lead to libertinism. Degenerates hijacked the movement for their own ends.
Libertarianism as a movement didn’t fall apart because the adherents were too pure. It’s because it was too tolerant of leftist reject interlopers that came in, kicked out all the right-wingers (who became Alt. Right) and then turned it into a more fiscally restrained progressive party.
Johnson is worse than useless. He’s dangerous, not because he might get elected but because of what he’s done with the spotlight attention the media has given him. Rather than promote libertarianism as a viable, alternative to one form of statism over the other, he’s all but fighting to undo all the hard work and effort Ron Paul put into the movement in 2008 and 2012.
It’s not mere incompetence. This is intentional.
There are thousands, perhaps millions of people whose impression of libertarianism is based on Johnson’s description of Hillary Clinton as a “wonderful public servant.” Other than ‘muh weed, what else do people know about libertarian beliefs?
The philosophy has received the most free publicity it might ever have and yet the names of Ludwig Von Mises and Murray Rothbard aren’t even mentioned. It’s bad enough these intellectual giants were ignored in their lifetimes. It’s a crime they are ignored now when they should be celebrated most.
When a non-libertarian like Wilson understands and appreciates authentic libertarianism more than you do, you should not be running for president of the United States as a libertarian or speaking on behalf of those who actually have a grasp of the philosophy.